Have you thought about giving a healthy makeover to the one place you probably spend most of your time--your work desk/office?
A healthy workspace with comfortable, ergonomic features, and pleasant personal touches, can cut down on chronic back and neck pain, as well as lead to greater productivity.
Check out these five ways to well-if your workspace in 2018:
- Embrace ergonomics. Invest in a good quality ergonomic-styled chair for proper back support, and make sure your feet can flatly touch the floor when seated. Add a lumbar support for your lower back too, and check out the many specially designed keyboards and mouse devices to create a comfier spot for hands.
- Fashion a focal point for eyes away from the computer. With eyes fixed on a computer screen all day, they can easily get irritated. Give your eyes a break every 20 minutes or so and focus on a pretty painting, plant, or fun personal photos placed somewhere else away form your monitor.
- Go hands-free. Use a wireless headset, or earbuds, when on long conference or training calls to protect your neck, shoulders, and upper back from the strain of cradling a phone between your ear and body. This also affords you mobility to stand up, stretch, and even walk around while still on the line.
- Make a mini snack/hydration station. Find an empty spot on your desk, shelf, or even in an extra drawer to stash a small cooler filled with healthy snacks from home and healthy beverages. Try fruit-infused waters, unseated iced teas, or juices with no sugar added.
- Bring your gym locker with you to work. Well, not really. Treat yourself though to a great gym back that is stylish and functional, and always keep it packed and ready to go parked right by your desk. This way you won't have any excuses for not stopping to work out on the way home. At the very least, put on your sneakers and take a few laps around your floor (or climb a few flights of stairs) on your lunch break each day.
If you do notice that you are experiencing constant back or neck pain while at work, or you feel a strain or numbness in hands and wrists - possibly an indication of carpal tunnel syndrome - please contact us for an appointment with one of our specialists.
(Courtesy of Healthgrades.com)